Thursday, July 29, 2010

Potato Salad

This quite possibly could be the best of all summer salads, at least one of the top five.
My favourite way to make it is to use small potatoes, scrubbed with the skins still on. Cut them in half, ensuring all are the same size. Boil them just until they are firm, not mushy. Do drain them well, potatoes retain so much water. Once they are drained pour on your very favourite vinaigrette, use tarragon as the herb. And add as many shelled peas as you feel like!!!
This is so good paired with any bbq and green salad...or...for lunch the next day!!!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Favourite Food

The truth is that pizza is my most favourite food, really and truly. And we have one place in town that is excellent, wood fired, thin crust, divine. But making pizza is pretty much the best way to go, it tastes so good and every time I make it, my husband always says, this is the best pizza ever...!!!
And you can make enough for your family at a fraction of the cost, not to mention you can add exactly what you want with the best ingredients possible.
So go crazy tonight, add whatever you want whether it is goat cheese or feta, pesto or tomato sauce, pepperoni or pancetta, just have fun and pour a little red to go with, will definitely taste even better that way!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Something new...for us

We had never bbq'd a whole chicken before. This was something my husband was dying to try, so off I went to find the perfect little chicken, turns out I found an eight pounder, which is very good for us. My husband took the back bone out, sounds awful really, did not watch the process. He made a dry rub for it and let it sit overnight in the fridge. The flavour was incredible but the biggest delight of all was how juicy it was, which is why we should always buy bone in chicken...I often get lazy and this was the perfect reminder! Totally worth the effort!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

No sooner....

Do I say that it hasn't felt like summer yet and boom, it has hit us now too. There is a heat wave right across the country and on one hand it is heavenly to feel the warmth of July and the sun shining in a clear blue sky. It would be so easy to say that on the other hand it is just too damn hot. But no, I am not going to say that. I am going to embrace the weather and hope that all of the sweating might just melt away a few totally unnecessary pounds!!!
The last thing any of us want to do when the kitchen is over thirty degrees is turn on the oven...So I made my version of the rebar salad which includes greens, grated carrots and grated beets, chopped cuc's and tomatoes, sprouts, chick peas and feta. Heaven I tell ya...I did have some candied salmon and hummous and pita to go with, cold and easy. Not a traditional dinner in the least, but good and filling and not bad for you...until of course the Drumsticks came out!!!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Spaghetti Carbonara

In that it just hasn't felt like summer yet I had to make this decadent treat. Well, actually my husband made it...and I gotta tell you it was really good. I do not know if it is the pancetta or if it is the smooth flavour of eggs and freshly grated parmesan...but it was excellent. Now I am going to have to run twice as far tomorrow because this was rich and for sure I ate more than I should have!!!